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CU's Souza, CSU's Yates notch top-10 finishes at Saguaro Amateur in Arizona

by Gary Baines - 1/4/2018

Two Colorado-based college golfers -- John Souza from the University of Colorado and Colton Yates from Colorado State University -- posted top-10 finishes out of 112 players on Thursday at the fifth annual Saguaro Amateur, which is run by CU men's golf coach Roy Edwards.

Souza and Yates tied for ninth place at 5-under-par 211 for three rounds at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes in Maricopa, Ariz. They ended up seven strokes behind top finishers Drew McCullough of Richland, Wash., and Blake Hathcoat of Fresno, Calif. After making birdies on his final six holes of regulation to shoot 65 and force a playoff, Hathcoat prevailed on the second hole of sudden death with a par, defeating McCullough, a University of Wyoming golfer who fired a 63 on Thursday.

Souza, a CU senior from Phoenix, posted rounds of 72-70-69, while Yates, a CSU senior from Scottsdale, went 71-70-70.

Also placing in the top 20 on Thursday was Trevor Olkowski of Grand Junction, a CU golfer (74-72-68--214, 16th place).

For all the scores from the Saguaro Amateur, CLICK HERE.

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